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HomeFront needs the help of the community for its annual camp program for homeless children. Summer can be a particularly difficult time for children from homeless and at-risk families. If the parents work, they are left home alone.

HomeFront’s summer camps are a combination of volunteer efforts, community donations, and a caring staff providing recreational, athletic, academic activities, and nutritious meals. Research shows that children from low-income families often lose ground in basic academic skills like reading as a result of a summer of inactivity.

HomeFront’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty. Sending homeless children to camp is one step in that direction. The cost of the camp is $135 per camper per week. Visit www.Homefrontnj.org.

Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness is seeking summer clothing donation for the Thursday, June 28, Mercer County’s Project Homelessness Connect. The one-day event is designed to provide housing, services, and hospitality in a convenient one-stop model for people experiencing homelessness. Donations are accepted at 3131 Princeton Pike, building 4, Suite 113, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, June 21 and 22, and Tuesday, June 26. Requested donations include pants, shorts, shoes, and sneaker for men; thin beach towels, gym bags, rain coats, and sweatshirts. Contact Tarry Truitt at 609-844-1008 or E-mail ttruitt@merceralliance.org.

PEAC Health & Fitness and Catholic Charities are collecting food pantry items for area families in need. PEAC will be accepting non-perishable food items during the month of July at 1440 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing. For information contact Christine Tentilucci at 609-883-2000, by E-mail ctentilucci@peachealthfitness.com, or visit www.peachealthfitness.com.

MCFOODS, Middlesex County’s emergency food distribution network, seeks donations. Bring canned and packaged goods including tuna fish, cereal, condensed milk, canned meats, peanut butter, jelly, toiletries, baby supplies, and paper products to Plays-in-the Park performances through August 11. 1 Pine Drive, Edison, www.playsinthepark.com.

New Farmers’ Market

Cranbury Township invites application for the inaugural farmers and vendors market that will occur every Friday, noon to 4 p.m, from July 13 to September 21, on Park Place West. All produce must have been grown in New Jersey. All prices must be marked. Call 609-395-0900, ext. 234.

Theater Calls

Villagers Theater has auditions for “God’s Favorite,” a comedy by Neil Simon, on Monday and Tuesday, June 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m. at 475 Demott Lane, Somerset. Roles are from 20 to 50 plus. Production is September 14 to 30. E-mail roz@villagerstheatre.com.

Yardley Players has auditions for “Born Yesterday” on Friday, June 29, 7 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, June 30, noon to 5 p.m. Roles for ages 20 to 60s. Call Marge Swider at 215-968-1904 for a time slot. Visit yardleyplayers.com. Performances are weekends, Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 29.

Theater/Dance Workshop is looking for plays with single sets and small casts. Winning play will be given a full production in the fall and the playwright receives $100. Send plays to Theater/Dance Workshop, 1012 Brunswick Avenue, Trenton 08638. Deadline is July 31.

For Singers

Sharim V’Sharot, central New Jersey’s Jewish chamber choir, has auditions for new singers in June, August, and September by appointment. The largely a cappella choir sings in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Italian, and English. Visit www.sharimvsharot.com, call 609-22-CHOIR, or E-mail info@SharimVSharot.org.

Law Scholarship

Mercer County Bar Foundation offers scholarships to individuals pursuing a legal education in accredited law schools. The Foundation’s scholarship is awarded to a student who shows financial need and is involved in community organizations. Applicants must have some ties with Mercer County. Application deadline is Tuesday, July 31. Call 609-585-6200 or E-mail Christine Brennan at cbrennan@mercerbar.com.

Summer ESL

YWCA Princeton offers summer English lessons in pronunciation, conversation, grammar, and writing. The five-week classes begin Monday, July 9. Register for one week or more with open enrollment throughout the summer.Call 609-497-2100, ext. 329 or register at www.ywcaprinceton.org/esl.

Summer Meals

USDA offers a summer food service program for children in low-income areas to get a free meal while schools are closed. Summer meals are free for children 18 and under at open sites. The program also offers enjoyable learning activities held in a safe place where kids can play. Summer meal sites are located at libraries, schools, family centers, youth drop-in centers, park and recreation centers, faith-based organizations, day camps, food banks, and other locations. Sites offer activities such as arts and crafts, drama, sports, computer training, music, and reading. Call the hotline at 866-348-6479.

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